Activities in Exeter

Exeter Scholars

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies contributes to the University's Exeter Scholars programme. Exeter Scholars is a free programme giving you the opportunity to find out more about university, develop a passion for a chosen subject, and gain first-hand experience of student life at the University of Exeter. The programme offers opportunities for both South West-based and national students.

As part of the South West Exeter Scholars programme for Year 12 students, the College of Social Sciences and International Studies offers pathways in LawSociology and CriminologyPolitics and International RelationsPhilosophy and People, Society and Data. As part of the National Exeter Scholars programme for Year 12 students, we have offered pathways in Law, Criminology and Sociology, and Politics and Philosophy.*

For further information on how your students can participate in the various Exeter Scholars programmes, please visit our dedicated Exeter Scholars website. 

* These pathways may be subject to change for 2020.

Pathways to Law

Pathways to Law is an innovative and exciting programme, which provides fantastic opportunities for sixth form students who are interested in law. Part of Exeter Scholars, run by the Sutton Trust and funded by the Legal Education Foundation, Pathways is offered at 12 UK universities, including the University of Exeter. The programme targets high-achieving students in state schools and colleges who will be the first generation in their family to attend university, and aims to raise their aspirations and provide them with the skills and confidence to pursue a successful legal career.

For more information, please visit our Pathways to Law page.

Teaching Enrichment Days

Our annual calendar of Teaching Enrichment activities aims to offer a wide range of focussed skills development sessions that support the delivery of school curriculum. Designed to align with a range of pre- and post-16 subject areas, these sessions – run and supported by university staff and students – bring participants to one of our campuses with the aim of supporting their school studies whilst providing an opportunity to explore the University of Exeter itself.

  • Crime & Punishment (Sociology and Criminology)
  • Philosophy of Mind (Philosophy)
  • Political Debate (Politics)
  • Public Speaking in a legal context - An Introduction to Mooting (Law)
  • Tort Lecture plus a choice of Study Skills workshops as follows (Law):
    1. Legal research and writing
    2. Understanding sources of Law
    3. Using Law for Problem Solving 

For a full list of opportunities, please visit our Teacher's Pages.

A Day in the Life

Our Day In The Life programme brings individuals or small school groups onto campus to gain an insight into life at the University of Exeter by shadowing an undergraduate student for the day. 

Accompanied by University of Exeter Student Ambassadors, students will attend undergraduate lectures, seminars and/or other academic sessions, take part in a full campus tour, and have the opportunity to speak to staff and current students about the course, student life, the university, the city, and the careers and opportunities available beyond graduation.

In the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, we offer Student Shadowing in the following subjects for Year 12 students, mature students and care leavers:

  • Anthropology
  • Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Criminology
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Middle East Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology

For more information, please visit the Day in the Life application form

Other Events

Law Talks School Roadshow

Year group - Year 10-13
Date - available on flexible dates until March 2020

One of our University Law Lecturers is available to come and run talks and workshops with your Year 10 to 13 students regarding what it’s like to study and work in the Law sector. Dr Matthew Channon grew up in Devon, and, as the first of his family to go to university, he’s committed to breaking down barriers to the profession by sharing his path to law. 

If you would like to book an in-school talk please contact

Ology Day

Year group - Year 10 and Year 12
Friday 20th March 2020

Ology Day offers an exciting opportunity for Year 10 and Year 12 students to experience taster sessions of subjects that may be new to them, and could end up being exactly what they want to study at university level. We are inviting the students to explore ‘Ology’ disciplines, such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, Psychology, Sociology and Theology. This is an excellent programme for students who are very interested in humanity and in thinking about what makes us human. The day will consist of academic taster sessions and will also include a campus tour and a Q&A.

Please contact us at if you are interested in booking for this event.

The Discovery Series

Year group - Year 10 and Year 11
Flexible dates

The Discovery Series is designed to bring an experience of a range of university courses to the classroom, and help students gain an understanding of the skills, practice and opportunities involved in studying that subject – especially for subjects that are not taught at school. The sessions will bring the subject to life by giving participants exclusive access to cutting edge research and interactive activities not available through any other route.

Led by staff and students from the discipline, the Discovery Series consists of one visit per school term with a small group of students identified by you; the first two taking place in school, and the third inviting students and staff onto a University of Exeter campus for a special finale, and taste of real university life and study.

  • Arabic Language & Culture
  • Law
  • Politics

Please contact us at if you are interested in booking for any of these programmes. 

Year 12 Summer Residential

Year group - Year 12
Monday 29th June - Thursday 2nd July 2020

Our 4 day, fully funded Year 12 residential event has been designed for students considering studying courses that fall into the category of Humanities or Social Sciences – and in some cases span both. As well as the academic content, participants will gain a first-hand experience of student life – staying in halls, working alongside current University students and trying out some of the extra curricular opportunities available on campus.

Subjects that may be included (subject to availability): Anthropology, Arab and Islamic Studies, Criminology, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Law, Modern Languages, Politics, and Sociology.

Contact if you are interested in attending this residential, or if you are a teacher and you are interested in booking on behalf of your students.